Los Angeles Names Tuesday Bob Marley Day

LA's city council hopes you like jamming, too

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    The Los Angeles City Council was jamming Tuesday. It voted to declare Aug. 7 "Bob Marley Day in Los Angeles."

    The action corresponded with the DVD release of the documentary "Marley," about the life of the iconic Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, whose best-known hits include "Jamming," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry," "One Love," "Stir It Up," "Buffalo Soldier" and others.

    Two of Marley's children, Ziggy and Karen, accepted a proclamation from councilmen Tom LaBonge and Joe Buscaino.

    "There's so much history to your father and what he's done internationally... It's so special," LaBonge said.

    Buscaino called himself a life-long Marley fan and even broke into song.

    "Won't you help me sing these songs of freedom, 'cause all I ever had, redemption songs,'' Buscaino sang. "Yes, we love you, Bob.''

    Marley's music, Buscaino said, "brought people together in times of trouble. When the country was divided, his music brought people together."

    Born in 1945 in the rural, mountain community of Nine Miles of the Jamaican parish of St. Ann, Marley went on to become the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae band Bob Marley & the Wailers.

    He died in 1981.

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